According to AAA, this holiday weekend will see the highest number of travelers on the road since 2005:
According to information from AAA, almost 51 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more away from home for the holiday weekend. That’s a 3.3 percent increase over 2016, and the highest Thanksgiving travel volume since 2005. Of that number, 89 percent of all travelers are planning to drive, according to AAA. For those heading to the airport, they’ll pay the cheapest average airfare since 2013. On the opposite end of the traveling spectrum, drivers will pay the highest Thanksgiving gas prices since 2014, according to information from AAA. South Carolina drivers will pay an average of $2.26 at the pump on Wednesday, according to AAA’s daily gas gauge. The national average for Nov. 22 is $2.53.
That’s a lot of people on South Carolina’s highways at what, for many, is one of the most stressful times of the year. Auto accidents and traffic fatalities will be higher across the state – all of us at Coastal Law, LLC want you to be safe, follow the rules of the road, and make it home for the holidays.
Drive Smart and Avoid Accidents
During the holiday traffic boom, try to avoid the most heavily-traveled routes to and from your destination. Although some highways cannot be easily avoided like the interstate if you are traveling long-distance, you may be able to avoid some of the worst hot-spots locally. For example, Highway 501 from Conway to Myrtle Beach, the Carolina Forest Area, and some areas of Highway 17 in Myrtle Beach are extremely congested on a good day and even more so during holiday traffic and at peak traffic hours. Highway 22 from Aynor connects to Highway 31, which provides easy access to most of the Grand Strand from North Myrtle Beach to the southern side of Myrtle Beach – these roads are usually much less traveled than Highway 501 and could be a safer alternative during heavy traffic hours. Take the time to explore these and other less-traveled highways, and avoid unnecessary traffic whenever you can.
If You are in an Accident, Get Legal Help Quickly
A car crash is the last thing that you expected or wanted during the holidays. If it does happen, however, get help from a Myrtle Beach auto accident attorney as soon as you can. Medical bills, insurance adjustors trying to get statements from you, upset family members, and general chaos is not how you wanted to spend your Thanksgiving vacation time. Your personal injury attorney will take over all contact with insurance companies, gather your records for you, and make sure that you have the documentation and evidence that you need to get paid by the at-fault driver.
Coastal Law Helps Victims of SC Auto Accidents
Although nothing can take away the pain of injured or even deceased family members, your auto accident lawyer at Coastal Law, LLC, will do everything that they can to ease the process of recovering money for you to cover the medical bills, pain and suffering, and other damage caused by a negligent or reckless driver. We have offices in Myrtle Beach, Conway, Charleston, and Columbia, SC to allow us to serve our clients across the state. Call us now at (843) 488-5000 or fill out our online form to schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your case.